So, two Saturdays ago, off I went, taking a cab to a bus to a ferry to Hong Kong. And I entered a world of new, beautiful skyscrapers, and old structures propped up by what looked like bamboo fortresses. A world of frenetic energy, slow trains and long lines. Neon lights and dark, narrow streets. Hong Kong. Holy smokes.
I spent barely 24 hours there and managed to fall in love with it. I meandered the city streets for hours, stumbling on random sights and absorbing the international flavor of the city. I met up with someone I know from Foshan who took me to an amazing jazz bar that had been in the city for 40 years. Epic. Aside from that, I saw the famous Ladies Market (stall after stall of random crap. I wouldn't suggest going. It was stupid,) the Temple Street (shockingly, there's a beautiful temple) and the Jade Market (street hawking at its finest; apparently everyone will give you the best price for the highest quality jade.)
The next weekend/this past weekend, I went to Shenzhen, a city about three hours east of Foshan. This is a city that people say is not China at all because of how deeply international it has become. Shenzhen is a business hub, a short drive from Hong Kong and nestled in one of the busiest Chinese provinces. There are so many foreigners, it is unbelievable. I had a crazy time. Honestly, it was almost all partying, but I did get a chance to walk around and see this extremely globalized and modern side of such a deeply traditional country. It was pretty cool.
Now, I would love to share pictures, but, unfortunately, my wallet was stolen yesterday, so until the next time I'm in these cities (and I'm sure I will be again,) you'll just have to check out pictures on Google. (And as for the wallet being stolen, nothing too crucial was taken, so nothing to worry about! Just an annoyance!) Till next time!